Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (fourth from left) during his visit to the All Stars Project’s performing arts and development center on W. 42nd Street.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (fourth from left) during his visit to the All Stars Project’s performing arts and development center on W. 42nd Street.

Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids, a new innovative performance-based program, was initiated in late 2006 by Dr. Lenora B. Fulani, in the wake of the police shooting of Sean Bell in Queens. Since then, it has gained support from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and Commissioner Ray Kelly, from the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, numerous community organizations and from inner-city young people throughout New York.

Operation Conversation is a series of dialogues and performance based workshops with police and inner-city youth to help them improve and develop their relationship. A total of 1,275 cops and kids have participated, including police officers from the New York Police Department, All Stars youth leaders from Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Jamaica, Harlem, and Washington Heights.

 

NYPD Assistant Chief Raymond Diaz (second from right) with All Stars youth leaders.

NYPD Assistant Chief Raymond Diaz (second from right) with All Stars youth leaders.

 

Read a first-person report from ASP president and CEO Gabrielle L. Kurlander, who observed a recent workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Lenora Fulani (right) with youth leaders and police officers in a dialogue at the "The Police and Our Young People: What is their Relationship?" an academic conference sponsored by the All Stars Project in June of 2008. The conference was attended by law enforcement officials, including police chiefs from the NYPD, educators and academics. Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy, was one of the keynote speakers.

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Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids